Council aims to put solar panels on public buildings

A COUNCIL wants to install solar panels on the roof of a swimming pool, a leisure centre and a corn exchange.

South Kesteven District Council planning officers have applied for permission to put photovoltaic panels on Stamford Leisure Pool in Drift Road, Bourne Leisure Centre in Queens Road and the Born Corn Exchange in Abbey Road. The council owns all three sites.

The applications went before the council’s development control committee on Tuesday, but members deferred the applications as the period for public consultation on them has not yet finished.

In a report that went before the committee, officers claimed that the visual impact of all three applications would be minimal.

In Stamford, the report said, the roof of the leisure pool has a low pitch so residents living to the south of the building, where the reflections would be most prominent, would hardly be affected by any glare.

The panels would be visible from New College Stamford, but any impact would be minimal.

At the Bourne Leisure Centre the main visual impact would be to the south. But properties to the south are about 90 metres away from the centre. The distance, combined with the low pitch of the roof, would minimise visual impact, according to the report.

Although the Corn Exchange is within Bourne’s conservation area, it is screened from public view by the surrounding buildings so the panels would not be visible from the street.

The public consultation on the swimming pool and leisure centre applications ends on Wednesday, while the deadline for the Corn Exchange is December 2.

To comment on the applications, visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk